Inaugural Address

At Father O'Connell's inauguration on Nov. 19, 1998, he said that The Catholic University of America must be "unambiguously Catholic." 

Papal Welcome

On April 17, 2008, Father O'Connell welcomed Pope Benedict XVI to Catholic University. In his address, he noted the pope's experience as a university professor.

CUA TV Interview

Chris Cummings of the student-run CUA TV visits with Father O'Connell about his decision to step down as university president, his accomplishments and his plans for the future. 

Commencement 2010Commencement 2010 Address

Presiding over CUA Commencement as both president and principle speaker, Father O'Connell challenged graduates to "do something great."

Farewell reception for Father O'ConnellFarewell Reception

CUA faculty and staff honored, and sometimes roasted, the outgoing president at a farewell reception on May 20 in the Great Room of the Pryzbyla Center. 

CNS interviewCatholic News Service Interview

CNS reporter Chaz Muth interviewed Father O'Connell about his time at CUA. Asked what his next assignment will be, the outgoing president said he's "leaving it in God's hands." 

Father O'Connell videoHighlights of the Father O'Connell years

A video review of some of the most notable achievements at The Catholic University of America during the 12 years of Father O'Connell's presidency.